Three-way Ward 2 race includes incumbent, former mayor

By Dave Marner, Managing Editor
Posted 1/20/21

After repeatedly saying he wasn’t planning to seek another term as Ward 2 alderman in Owensville, Charles (Rob) Borgmann, III, signed up Friday as a candidate for another two-year …

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Three-way Ward 2 race includes incumbent, former mayor

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After repeatedly saying he wasn’t planning to seek another term as Ward 2 alderman in Owensville, Charles (Rob) Borgmann, III, signed up Friday as a candidate for another two-year term.

Borgmann’s filing came after Karen Hubenthal-Arnold had signed up as a Ward 2 alderman candidate earlier on Friday. 

And, making it a three-way race, Mary E. Diestelkamp, a former mayor and alderman, signed up Tuesday in the final hour of the month-long filing period to challenge both Hubenthal-Arnold and Borgmann.

Also on Tuesday, Sam Bennett, himself a former alderman, withdrew his name as a candidate, according to city staff. He had signed up earlier this month as a candidate.

Borgmann is completing his seventh two-year term which concludes with the April election cycle. Borgmann has been president of the board for multiple terms.

Kevin McFadden, a current Ward 1 alderman, will be unopposed on the April ballot. He registered as a candidate back on Dec. 15 when the filing period opened.

Crowded Bland field

And, in the city of Bland — known mostly for holding elections with their write-in candidates — had a third candidate file at 3:45 p.m. on Jan. 19. Ned Steiner, currently appointed to serve the remaining months of former alderman Sherry Spradling’s term, filed late Tuesday afternoon.

The previous two candidates filed on Dec. 22 for the board of aldermen. During business hours, Alderman Mark Ferran filed his candidacy at 2 p.m., closely followed around 3:15 p.m. by Alderman Diana Mayfield. 

The Bland Board of Aldermen has two two-year terms and one one-year term for alderman at-large seats. The two-year seats are currently held by Mayfield, who was elected to the position, and Steiner. 

The one-year term is currently held by Ferran, who was appointed in October to replace Tommy Thompson.

(With reporting by Roxie Murphy of the GCR staff).

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